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Collection: American Art
Date: 1897
Artist/Maker: Mary Cassatt
Classification: Drawings

Mary Cassatt met the Gaillard family, depicted in this pastel, through her friend Edgar Degas. Dr. Theodore Gaillard was an early patron of the French Impressionists and a collector of works by Renoir, Sisley, and Degas. Finding a sympathetic patron in Dr. Gaillard, Cassatt developed a friendship with the family and became a frequent house guest. In 1894, three years prior to completing this double portrait, Cassatt had completed a pastel of a six-year-old Marie-Thérèse.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1884
Artist/Maker: William Merritt Chase
Classification: Paintings

William Merritt Chase’s In the Studio is one of a number of paintings depicting the artist’s studio in the famous Tenth Street Studio Building in New York City. This building (1857-1956), designed by the distinguished architect William Morris Hunt and located at 51 West Tenth Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, was one of the first buildings in this country to feature appropriate studio and display spaces for visual artists.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1855
Artist/Maker: Frederic Edwin Church
Classification: Paintings

“Painted after Frederic Edwin Church’s first trip to Ecuador [1853], The Andes of Ecuador combines the scientific and religious concerns of Church’s time in one grand panorama.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Chuck Close
Classification: Drawings

By the time Chuck Close completed his Keith/Six Drawing Series in 1979, almost a decade had elapsed since his initial manipulation of the photographic headshot on which Keith, 1970, was based. It was part of the iconic series of eight large black-and-white airbrushed heads Close made between 1968 and 1970, which included other friends: Philip Glass, Richard Serra, Nancy Graves, Frank James, Joe Zucker, and Bob Israel. Each painting was known by the sitter’s first name.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Chuck Close
Classification: Drawings

By the time Chuck Close completed his Keith/Six Drawing Series in 1979, almost a decade had elapsed since his initial manipulation of the photographic headshot on which Keith, 1970, was based. It was part of the iconic series of eight large black-and-white airbrushed heads Close made between 1968 and 1970, which included other friends: Philip Glass, Richard Serra, Nancy Graves, Frank James, Joe Zucker, and Bob Israel. Each painting is known by the sitter’s first name.

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